Indoor Location on the Move

April 20, 2011 - By

It’s coming. Indoor location, which has been stymied by the limitations of GPS and lack of mapping, is finally getting some legs and is heading us towards seamless navigation. A shopper is guided from home to an empty parking space at the mall, and the navigation doesn’t miss a beat as he heads inside and gets directions to a particular store, and perhaps to a given shelf. Today, the location of a wireless device usually cannot be determined more precisely than the building it is within. In tall or sprawling venues like arenas, malls, dormitories, or apartments this is a critical problem for emergency personnel trying to locate a person who has dialed 911. Mobile marketing and social network applications have also been constrained by problems in obtaining indoor location. read more

Mobile Epiphany – Round Two

April 13, 2011 - By

Many of you may remember my one and only software review of a product called Touch Inspect back in December 2009, by a Denver, Colorado (Aurora)-based company called Mobile Epiphany. At the time I promised an in-depth review the software “real soon.” Well, real soon has turned into 16 months, and not a single week has gone by that I have not received several e-mails wanting to know more about the software and asking when the next review would be published. So for all of you who have been waiting, this is the promised in-depth review of Touch Inspect version 2.0, which the company now promotes as customizable software tools under the more apt heading of “Mobile Business Process Software.” But the base program is still known as Touch Inspect. read more

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How Does the Potential AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile Affect the Location Industry?

April 12, 2011 - By

Now that CTIA is over, and without a lot of location-based services news at the Orlando show, the time is ripe to examine the potential blockbuster AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile and how it affects the location industry. In the meantime, is Apple trying to get its mapping initiatives stronger to compete with other heavyweights? Does this include trying to be its own map database provider? read more

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Galileo Masters Competition Seeks Innovative Satellite Nav Applications

April 8, 2011 - By

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for applications based on satellite navigation that use the technology in a new and innovative way. The deadline for entering the Galileo Masters competition is June 30. read more

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GPS Surveying/Mapping Current Events

April 6, 2011 - By

The first few months of 2011 have been ripe with technical challenges (LightSquared), technical innovations (Galileo/Compass), and business activity (who is Trimble buying next?). read more

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European Space Agency Says Galileo Launch Site Ready

April 4, 2011 - By

The Soyuz site at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana is now ready for its first launch. ESA yesterday handed over the complex to Arianespace, marking a major step towards this year’s inaugural flight. read more

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Tamper Resistance

April 1, 2011 - By

Modern GNSS will provide access control to the signal through spreading-code encryption and/or authentication at the navigation data level. This will require support within the receiver for secure cryptographic keys and the implementation of security functions. This article reviews vulnerabilities of these security functions, and reviews design considerations to mitigate attacks. read more

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